Improving resource recovery and waste management

At current rates of recovery, population growth and industry expansion will mean more materials end up in landfills.

Victoria needs efficient and sustainable resource recovery systems. Long-term planning and investment in waste management will make the most of finite resources.

The Victorian Government is taking an integrated approach to resource recovery and waste management. This will increase recovery rates and reclaim valuable resources from the waste stream. This includes:

  • focus on recovering organics
  • supporting markets for recycled products
  • improving education

These efforts will increase materials recovery rates and create new jobs.

Victorian Infrastructure Plan - Environment Victorian Infrastructure Plan - EnvironmentPDF (1.75 MB) Victorian Infrastructure Plan - Environment Victorian Infrastructure Plan - EnvironmentDOC (991.51 KB)


In the future In the future

Total waste generation is expected to rise by 69% from 12.2 million tonnes in 2011/12 to 20.6 million tonnes by 2043.


Projects and reforms

The Victorian Infrastructure Plan includes 4 projects and reforms under this Environment priority. These are detailed in the Environment sector plan and full edition VIP, available for download together with:

  • Government response - outlines our position and addresses 137 recommendations made by Infrastructure Victoria in its 30-year Infrastructure Strategy
  • Technical report - indicates where projects and reforms meet the plan’s four objectives

Case study

Victorian Waste Education Strategy

The Victorian Waste Education Strategy has been developed by Sustainability Victoria in partnership with:

  • communities
  • councils
  • waste industry

This collaboration acknowledges the need for shared responsibility. As well as the need to boost education effectiveness with behavioural insights and proven techniques.

It aims to provide a consistent and coordinated statewide approach to waste education. The focus is on behaviour change. Leading to greater understanding of the need for (and value of) waste and resource recovery.

The 10-year strategy will prioritise:

  • understanding community attitudes and perceptions towards waste services and infrastructure
  • delivery of programs that support and encourage waste avoidance (example: food waste)
  • improving resource recovery (example: local interventions to address contamination issues)
  • reducing litter and illegal dumping, including industrial waste


The Victorian Infrastructure Plan identifies 3 other priorities within the Environment sector. They are:

Protecting Victoria’s biodiversity

Managing our parks

Taking action on climate change